I'll make this quick, because there are plenty of links to get to.
My name is Christian, and I'll be covering the UW football and men's basketball teams from here on. I come to you from the Spokesman-Review, where I covered WSU football and basketball for nearly two years. Before that, I worked for a year at Seattlepi.com. Before that, I worked at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Before that, I attended the University of Washington. Before that, I weighed 160 pounds. Much has changed.
But this blog isn't about me -- though you'll notice personal touches and obscure Longview references every now and then. What you'll also notice, hopefully, is a thorough, dedicated effort to covering the Huskies, one informed by strong background knowledge of the program and school. With that, away we go.
--- Our story in today's newspaper touched on the big ol' elephant in Husky Stadium: Steve Sarkisian's potential candidacy for the USC head coaching job. We also had a couple of blog posts on the matter, as well as video of Sarkisian's entire Monday press conference and a transcript of his comments.
Sarkisian, by the way, expanded on his USC comments during his coach's show on KJR Monday night, saying his goal when he took the UW job was to surpass several landmarks set by Don James -- including his coaching tenure (18 seasons) and his Rose Bowl records. He also said he doesn't want fans to worry about whether he might leave, but never directly said that he has no interest in USC. Don't expect that to change.
--- The UW Daily also writes about Sarkisian not accepting distractions.
Elsewhere in the Pac-12 ...
--- Colorado is looking forward to challenging Oregon. Which raises the question: what constitutes a challenge, anyway?
--- Arizona State is mastering the back-shoulder throw.
--- USC's new interim coach, Ed Orgeron, says he's ready for the challenge.
--- Utah tried to make the most of its short bye week.
--- UCLA wants its offensive line to go back to the way things were.
--- Oregon State's depleted offensive line is starting to get healthy.
--- Oregon had the Pac-12's special teams Player of the Week.
That's all for now.
Christian Caple can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @ChristianCaple